VA and US Government
Welcome to a new adventure! As we journey through this new educational experience, I look forward to working with you and helping to make it as smooth as possible. Please realize that this is new for all of us and there will be a learning curve. Let’s learn together and have a great year!
Mrs. Morris :-)
Course Description/ Outline: “Standards for Virginia and United States Government define the knowledge that enables citizens to participate effectively in civic and economic life. Students will apply social science skills as a foundation to examine fundamental constitutional principles, the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, the political culture, the policy-making process at each level of government, and the characteristics of the United States economy. The standards emphasize an understanding of the duties and responsibilities that facilitate thoughtful and effective participation in the civic life of an increasingly diverse democratic society.” (History and Social Science Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools – March 2015)
Topics of Study in VA/US Government:
GOVT. 1-3, 16 American Government and Civil Engagement
GOVT. 4-5 The Constitution and Federalism
GOVT. 11 Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
GOVT. 9 The Politics of Public Opinion
GOVT. 6 Understanding Elections
GOVT. 6 Media Institutions
GOVT. 9, 6 The Political Process
GOVT. 6, 9 Interest Groups and Lobbying
GOVT. 7 The Legislative Branch and Congress
GOVT. 7 The Executive Branch and the Presidency
GOVT. 7, 10 The Judicial Branch/Courts and Supreme Court Cases
GOVT. 12-15 Domestic and Foreign Policy
GOVT. 5, 8 Federalism, Virginia and Local Government
Assignment information: We will be using Canvas as our main format to present information, assign and complete work. Please check canvas daily to see what needs to be completed.
Class Materials: Please bring materials to class every day
- At least a 1 ½ inch, 3-ring binder
- Notebook Paper
- Pencils or Pens
- Optional: Color Pencils/Markers
Grading: You will be graded based on the following (Per Augusta County Policy):
- Major Assessments (tests and quizzes, projects, presentations) 50%
- Minor Assessments (classwork and written reflections) 40%
- Practice/Participation (homework and practice activities) 10%
*There is no end of course SOL exam for this class, but this class is required by the State of Virginia for graduation.
Late/ Makeup Work: In ALL cases, it is the student’s responsibility to initiate makeup work. Absent students will be expected to check in with the teacher/Canvas and make up work virtually in most cases. For hybrid students, if it is something that needs to be completed at school, the student will need to work out a time to make it up. In cases of extended excused absences, the student and the teacher will work out a schedule for makeup work.
Obviously, with the virtual nature of this year, it is understood that there may be situations when work cannot be submitted on time. My policy will be flexible as long as students communicate about any technology or other issues as soon as they arise, extensions will be granted on a case by case basis as needed. Unexcused late assignments will receive a 10% deduction each day. After 5 days, any unexcused late assignments can only receive a maximum grade of 50%.
Virtual Learners: Virtual learners are expected to check their email and check in through Canvas daily and complete all modules and work posted. It is highly encouraged that a schedule is made and followed to ensure that work is consistently completed.
Academic Integrity: Unless specifically assigned a partner or group, all assignments and assessments will be completed by the student as an individual. Cheating, copying, or plagiarism on any assignment will result in a 0 for that assignment. Please read the student handbook if you have any questions about what constitutes cheating or plagiarism.
Tutoring: If a student requires extra help on an assignment, makeup work, aid in studying for quizzes and tests, they may make an appointment to stay after with the teacher before or after school Monday – Thursday. Never be afraid to ask for help! Virtual learners are welcome to schedule appointments on Monday’s if they need to meet with me in person.